Things to do in September | Visit Bradford

Find out what events and festivals are taking place in Bradford & district this September.  We’ve picked top events to help you plan your next day out. 

Explore the world on your doorstep! Every September, we celebrate Heritage Open Days.  It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.  What will you discover in Bradford?!  Celebrate the rich and varied heritage of Bradford.  Stunning architecture, fascinating histories and people’s stories, activities for young and old.

Ring out those bells! On Sunday 1 September, ring the recently refurbished Bells at Bradford Cathedral. Learn or improve your ringing technique with bell captain Ron Crabtree.

For one night only, Victorian cinema comes to Bradford! Enjoy an unmissable selection of early short films on the big screen at the Pictureville, plus live musical accompaniment on Thursday 5 September..

Keighley Show will take place at the  Marley Playing fields, on Saturday 7 September.  Visitors to the Show are promised a varied and exciting day, with something for everyone.  There will be a host of special attractions including Tom Longton’s Working Sheepdogs in the main ring.

This year’s South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival will take place between Saturday 7th September and Sunday 22nd September. The festival is the perfect opportunity to explore the wild and wonderful South Pennines landscape, its heather-covered moors, steep-sided valleys, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails.

NEW LOCATION for Real Food Ilkley to the Grove on Sunday 1 September (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink. There will be entertainment at the bandstand from a range of local performers.

The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack, the stage adaptation of the gripping thriller based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film, comes to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 10-14 September.

Sharena Lee Satti returns to host popular Poetry Open Mic Night – an evening that showcases new work and talent from Bradford’s thriving poetry scene in the vibrant setting of The Rooftop Café at Kala Sangam on Thursday 19 September.

A September highlight is the wonderful Saltaire Festival a ten-day annual celebration of music and art from 13 – 22 September.  Festival highlights include a continental market at Exhibition Road, Makers Fair a two day showcase of contemporary designer makers in Victoria Hall and the Open Gardens & Sculpture Trail at pop up houses around the village.

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were pioneering women writers and continue to inspire contemporary literature in limitless ways. The Brontë Parsonage Museum is hosting its ninth festival dedicated to showcasing and celebrating women’s writing, with guest programmer, novelist Kit de Waal.

Bradford will host its first ever smartphone film festival in September. The Get Smart Film Festival – run by Reel Street Films and supported by Bradford UNESCO City of Film- has been set up to celebrate short films from around the world.

Celebrate the start of Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships -Women Elite Road Race in Bradford on Saturday 28 September. The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the international road cycling calendar. Soak up the atmosphere, watch the Yorkshire 2019 publicity caravan, see the race set off and join in with the celebrations. The Men’s Elite Road Race starts in Leeds and travels through Otley and Ilkley on the A65 before entering Skipton on Sunday 29 September.

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